When I think of family and friend gatherings for the holiday season, immediately I’m reminded of how much of a special occasion it is. I love coming together to celebrate a holiday, but we are spending time together that we don’t normally get. It’s the magic of the holiday season! Although,when it comes to hosting a holiday celebration, it can be overwhelming. I like to begin with the serving pieces and then tackle decorations. The large platters, dinnerware sets and serving dishes are more important for holiday dinner parties than decorations on the dining table. Although, you know I am a decorator at heart!
Let’s get started on which pieces to take note of for your festive feast!
Firstly, this is a category where so many different items can be versatile in use. For instance, a charcuterie board or neutral serving platters can be used year round. What better way to spread holiday cheer than serving boards full of cheese? If you’re on TikTok, you know how all types of boards are taking the world by storm. I do think they are super fun and with options like butter boards or caviar boards, a decorative accent with spices can be added to them, as well. I’ll be making a caviar board as an addition to my holiday party this year and having the right tray for my holiday meal plans is important. Think about what you would like to serve at your gathering and then purchase these items!
For example, I like to keep things fairly neutral and versatile over here, so I can use them constantly. There’s never any harm in adding a little festive flair to your serveware! Rich colors for a Christmas party or a Christmas tree design on something makes it feel special, as it’s meant for certain occasions, like the holidays. Furthermore, if you’re a guest at a party, I even think making a charcuterie board on a really nice board or tray and gifting it to the host is a great gift! Holiday entertaining has no limitations and I like to always begin with a large platter and then go from there.
Furthermore, one of the most important things you can have are the plates and serving bowls! If you want to go for disposable plates as an easy cleanup option, they make really pretty and nice ones these days. You can find them on major retailers with fast shipping like Amazon, Target and Walmart. Another option is to go for festive plates! Things that are meant for special occasions are so fun to save and bring out for this time of year. Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel and West Elm have fantastic dinner plates and salad plates for any Christmas dinner. I found some more neutral options, just because that’s what I lean towards, but I do think the holiday themed options are a great time and add some fun to the space.
You can’t have an event without cups! Of course, you can have traditional glasses, but you can also spice it up a little for a good time! Get something with a gold rim or touch of gold to it to make it feel more like a party! You can go for a traditional holiday design or keep it versatile. I like for everything to be matching and feel like it’s on theme to my holiday table. It’s a personal preference but if you want to keep it to neutral drinkware, as well, that works.
Moreover, as far as place settings go, I tend to go for more wintry options, rather than holiday focused. This is solely because I like to change out my placemats seasonally, rather than for each holiday. But World Market had some of the best options this year! It’s not always easy to find good quality placemats, so when I find some, I jump on them. This is what works best for me and I always look forward to seasonal swaps like this one.
Finally, we are in the broadest but most creative category! The sky is the limit with this one! It can include a serving bowl, flatware, pitchers, cheese knives and ultimately, anything that will help you serve your holiday spread. I know napkin holders are more decorative, but I did include a fun option to my shopping finds. Even a mug to serve hot chocolate or after dinner coffee to your guests in is fun! It’s the holidays, we are meant to relax and enjoy ourselves. If you want to get that one kitchen item you’ve had your eye on for some time now, grab it!
Decorated Cups // Santa Mugs // 12 Days of Christmas Appetizer Plates // Tiered Platters // Napkins // Placemats // Candy Cane Runner // Condiment Server // Tree Napkin Holders // Antler Cheese Knives // White Tray // Tree Serving Platter and Board // Gingerbread Serving Tray // Reindeer Mug
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